Speaking to ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton stated that Washington would maintain its military presence in Syria as long as Iran continues to be a threat to the region.

“But I think the president has made it clear that we are there until the ISIS* [Daesh] territorial caliphate is removed and as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East,” he said.

Bolton also emphasized that the Syria issue would be on the agenda of the Helsinki summit between President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on July 16.

“Let the Other People Take Care of it Now”

During a March speech in Ohio, President Trump stated that the US would be “coming out” of Syria “very soon” to “let the other people take care of it now” after claiming that Washington was “knocking the hell out of” Daesh.

His remarks came as a surprise, contradicting previous comments by the administration, including top-ranking officials at the Pentagon and State Department, suggesting that US forces would maintain an open-ended presence in Syria.

But in April, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated Trump’s commitment to withdrawing US forces from the war-ravaged Middle Eastern nation:

“The US mission has not changed – the president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible. We are determined to completely crush [Daesh] and create the conditions that will prevent its return. In addition, we expect our regional allies and partners to take greater responsibility both militarily and financially for securing the region,” she said.

Israeli Concerns

The US, which has some 2,000 troops stationed in Syria, previously used the fight against Daesh as justification for its forces’ presence, but never mentioned the “Iranian menace” as a reason to stay.

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Iran’s alleged endeavors to establish a military presence in Syria have been of particular concern for Washington’s close ally in the Middle East – Israel, which fears Tehran’s “entrenchment” in the war-torn country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently raised the issue in separate conversations with both Trump and Putin ahead of the Helsinki summit between the US and Russia presidents. During last week’s visit to Moscow, Netanyahu once again reiterated that Iran should leave Syria, and later thanked Trump for “his strong policy against Iran.”

The Syrian government has repeatedly blasted the United States for Washington’s illegal military presence in the country: since 2014, the US-led international coalition has been conducting airstrikes on what it described as Daesh targets in Syria without either a UN mandate, or Damascus’ authorization.

 

 

Source: Sputnik

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Harrie van der Haghen
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See, it’s so clear. Trump is targeting IRAN !
He has promised it to Israel, big oil, the military industrial complex, Saudi Arabia, the presidential campaign financiers.
Iraq, Libya and Syria are done, it’s now Iran’s turn.
The aim is to weaken the nations that hate Israel.
If you know where they want to go to, you can be surprised about the route they take, but you know the destination.

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“The aim is to weaken the nations that hate Israel” => Oh, Iran being led by Shia Islamists, the illegitimate regime doesn’t hates Israel alone, moreover, they’re also into an imperialist foreign policy and very dubious geopolitical shenanigans : the Houthi coup in Yemen, the creation of ISIS (Zarqawi was hiding in Iran until IRGC smuggled him into Iraq). This is old Alexander the Great tactics. “Iraq, Libya and Syria are done, it’s now Iran’s turn” => You seem to forget that IRGC totally backstabed Gaddafi! Actually, they were far more instrumental to his fall than Qatari special forces! The… Read more »

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You bring up a lot of stuff. 1. Zarqawi. It seems odd to me that Iran would have helped Isis because Isis is very much anti Shia, and Iran is very anti Isis. Could you give me a credible source for that? 2. There is a lot of antisemitism in the Middle-east, but I wrote ‘nations that hate Israel’ because there is more. The Arabs hear the Palestinians suffering in their own language. The actions of Israel fuels the hatred, while – as it seems – they ignore any causal links between their actions and the reactions. 3. Every group… Read more »

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rabbi drewzif

Bolton would make a great goalkeeper for the Israeli football team …. he keeps moving the goalposts in their favour.

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It’s always cooler than being a puppet to Islamists, no matter if these are Sunni or Shia…

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Ibrahim Ibn Yahya

Who the f**k are they to just roll up in someone elses country and then start demanding s**t. They are by all means technically an invading force. And they say “irans dangerous influence in the region” yes, dangerous to zionest satanists because theyre uniting people against their terrorism and waking people up. Did iran turn libya into a safe haven for terrorists?(which is conveinent for the U.S because now their mercanaries have a place to chill). Did they destroy and occupy iraq? Afghanistan? Are they arming the people who are killing the yemenis? No, but guess who is

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

USA always will find an excuse to be there to support terrorists.